Finger Lakes Woodturners September 2016 Meeting

Finger Lakes Woodturners will hold the first meeting of the 2016-2017 year on Thursday, Sept 15th. The meeting will begin at 6:00pm with a show and share of members work. A quick business meeting will commence at 6:45pm. Following the business meeting we will have our featured event.

At the September meeting, Dave Gilbert will be demonstrating how to make a vacuum hub for a lathe. The hub is what goes between the spindle and the turned object. A variety of sizes can be readily made with minimal cost. He will demo using PVC decking and PVC plumbing adapters from Lowes or Home Depot.

Once he makes a hub he will show some of the things that he can do with it in terms of turning bowls as well using them to help sand and finish spindles.

Finger Lakes Woodturners May 2016 Meeting

Finger Lakes Woodturners will hold our regular May club meeting on Thursday, May 19th. The meeting will begin at 6:00pm with a show and share of members work. A quick business meeting will commence at 6:45pm. Following the business meeting we will have our featured event.

This month we will feature FLWT Member Albert Filo, and the topic of his presentation is “Embellishment of Hollow Vessels with an Open Spiral Design and Offset Turning”

Albert will share his methods for laying out the patterns for embellishing Hollow Vessels with an open Spiral Design. This is a very lengthy process so the vessel will be turned prior to the meeting. The lines necessary for the layout of the spiral pattern will also be drawn prior to the meeting due to the need for an indexing system. The entire process will be outlined and methods of cutting and forming the lines will be demonstrated.

The second part of the discussion will center on the topic of Offset Turning. Albert will be discussing the jig he used to turn the geometric patterns used for the offset patterns.

This should be quite a treat to learn a unique embellishment technique.  Spirals of any form are interesting, but on a bowl form they are quite unique. Albert will provide us with all of the knowledge we need to try these on our own.  This is our last club meeting of this season, so don’t miss this opportunity to see all of your woodturning friends and to learn an interesting embellishment technique as well…we hope to see everyone at the meeting!

Finger Lakes Woodturners Host Jamie Donaldson

Finger Lakes Woodturners will host our second national turner of the year, Jamie Donaldson, with a special April club meeting on Friday, April 22. The meeting will be held at the new Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning facility and will begin at 6:00pm with a show and share of members work. A quick business meeting will commence at 6:45pm. Following the business meeting we will have our featured event.

Jamie will be speaking and demonstrating at a special Friday evening club meeting on April 22nd.  At the meeting, he will present a slideshow about his background, his work, and his teaching experience. Jamie will be glad to take any questions from the audience during his presentation.

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Registration for the Saturday demonstration and Sunday workshop is available now on the Register for Events page. NOTE: at this time the Sunday workshop is full, but we are accepting names on a waiting list in case of cancellations. There is no payment required to add your name to the waiting list for the workshop.

On Saturday April 23, the demonstration begins at 9am, and Jamie will begin with basic bowl turning techniques,  gradually progressing into more advanced techniques, for different types of bowls, and he will demonstrate turning several of his signature winged bowls. This demonstration will cover many aspects of turning bowls and it has been developed to be of interest to turners of all skill levels.  The Saturday demonstration is on $35.  The workshop will be held at the regular FLWT meeting location at the Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning facility.

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On Sunday April 23, we will have a hands-on workshop for up to 10 participants to be held at Staach, Inc., which is located at 250 Cumberland Street in downtown Rochester. During the workshop, Jamie will start the participants with turning a basic bowl from green wood, and then Jamie will show how to turn other types of bowls including a natural edge bowl and a winged bowl. Each participant will be able to work at their one level of comfort and will hopefully explore some new aspects of making bowls during the workshop. We will supply all the necessary blanks and participants should be able to complete 2 or 3 bowls during the workshop. We will not be doing final sanding and finishing, but Jamie will discuss his preferred techniques and materials for sanding and finishing. The Sunday workshop will be more productive for participants who also attend the Saturday demo and the workshop is only an additional $65.

This is your opportunity to get inspired and to learn some new skills to incorporate into your woodturning.  We only have two National turners come to visit each year, so don’t miss this opportunity…we hope to see everyone at the meeting, demonstration and workshop!

Finger Lakes Woodturners March 2016 Meeting

Finger Lakes Woodturners will hold our regular March club meeting on Thursday, March 17th. The meeting will begin at 6:00pm with a show and share of members work. A quick business meeting will commence at 6:45pm. Following the business meeting we will have our featured event.

This month we will feature FLWT Member Jim Echter demonstrating spindle turning techniques. We are lucky to have a turner with Jim’s skills as part of our club.  Jim is an expert spindle turner and he will be showing us all the techniques and tools that he uses in his spindle turning. If you have never seen Jim turn, you are in for a real treat and an awesome learning experience. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of FLWT’s best…we hope to see everyone at the meeting!

Finger Lakes Woodturners February 2016 Meeting

Finger Lakes Woodturners will hold our regular February club meeting on Thursday, February 18th. The meeting will begin at 6:00pm with a show and share of members work. A quick business meeting will commence at 6:45pm. Following the business meeting we will have our featured event.

This month we will feature FLWT Member Mark Mazzo showing us how to make lidded boxes on the lathe. Mark will show us his process for turning, hollowing and fitting lidded boxes. He will discuss the tools and techniques required as well as possible finish options.  Boxes make great gifts, so don’t miss the opportunity to come out and learn how to make a new project …we hope to see everyone at the meeting!